The RS:X women's medal race proved to be a formaility
for Blanca Manchon (ESP) and Charline Picon (FRA).
They just had to finish to take the gold and silver respectively.The battle in the RS:X women's windsurfing fleet here at La Semaine Olympique Francaise was always going to be for the bottom step on the podium.
Peina Chen (CHN) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) had swapped the place during normal fleet racing but coming through the pack to make a late challenge was Bryony Shaw (GBR). She had to win the medal to be in with a chance.
She did just that. Peina - 9th - and Alessandra - 10th - both had bad results and with the points being doubled Bryony snatched the bronze medal with a comfortable points margin.
Over in the RS:X men's fleet, the points were much closer. Piotr Myszka (POL) timed his run perfectly. Taking over the gold medal position the night before the medal race, he just had to defend that position by staying in touch with the leaders.
It was Shahar Zubari (ISR) who was the threat just one point behind this morning. Piotr knew that he had to beat the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist to be sure of victory
Meanwhile, Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) had to win it and hope that Tom Ashley (NZL) and Julien Bontemps (FRA) somehow lost the consistency they had shown all week by finishing well down the order.
It was a long shot at best but he did his part by winning. Unfortunately, Tom - 2nd - and Julien - 3rd - didn't co-operate. It was Shahar who somehow 'lost the plot' by finishing 5th thus collecting 10 points.
Piotr armed with his newly arrived and unshakeable confidence sailed a perfect race to take 4th and the gold medal. Julien takes silver and shahar bronze.
The battle ahead will be tightly fought and fascinating to watch.
In the RS:X men's fleet, Piotr Myszka, Julien Bontemps, Shahar Zubari, Tom Ashley and Nick Demspsey (GBR) seem to be in the eye of the storm. We will know more when they all compete at the Olympic venue in Sail For Gold
In the RS:X women's fleet, Blanca Manchon will have a battle royal to beat Marina Alabau (ESP) for national selection. Both are potential Olympic medallists.
Then there is Charline Picon who is currently the dominant women racer in France. Bryony Shaw will certainly be up for it sailing on her home waters.
And then there is Alessandra Sensini who, barring a disaster in the last regatta of her national qualification series on Lake Garda, will go through to her 5th Olympic Games. She is a potent threat in a breeze and can still turn it on in the light stuff too.
We are in for some fine racing. I'm looking forward to it.
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